We're skipping town as the sun rises this morning, meandering down to the valley and across the western hills to the Napa Valley.
We plan to linger over coffee and take it slow. I am looking forward to the chance to think and speak and listen, all without being interrupted by the swirl of home life.
But once the day gets going, we're heading to see some out of town friends who are in Napa for a 50th birthday celebration. It's hard to get time together when you live on opposite coasts, but we'll make up for lost time with wine tasting, speed scrabble and dinner at Thomas Keller's ad hoc restaurant. Excited? Oh, just a bit.
A break. Just what the doctor ordered.